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Your Guide to Rosacea Skincare

Rosacea's characteristic redness, visible blood vessels and breakouts often lead to discomfort and frustration. But with the right skincare routine you can help manage symptoms and minimise flare-ups. Here's our tips for Rosacea Awareness Month.

Tropic Skin Feast - Your Guide to Rosacea Skincare

Cleansing Rituals: The cornerstone of any rosacea skincare routine is a gentle yet effective cleanser. Opt for formulations specifically designed for sensitive skin, steering clear of harsh ingredients like alcohol and fragrances that can trigger irritation. A mild, non-abrasive cleanser will cleanse without stripping the skin's natural oils. Massage onto damp skin using gentle, circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove impurities.

We Love: VI Derm Gentle Purifying Cleanser to gently free skin of excess oil and impurities. Aloe Vera softens, hydrates and soothes as willow bark buffs away pore-clogging dead skin cells.

Nourish and Hydrate: Hydration is paramount when it comes to managing symptoms, so choose fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturisers enriched with skin-loving ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These powerhouse components help fortify the skin barrier, lock in moisture and provide much-needed relief. After cleansing, apply your moisturiser to slightly damp skin, gently patting it in until fully absorbed. This simple step can work wonders in calming inflammation and restoring balance.

We Love: Skin Feast Nourishing Moisturiser from Tropic with hyaluronic acid. Available in an unscented version that’s perfect for all skin sensitivities.

Sun Shield: Sun exposure is a notorious trigger for rosacea flare-ups, making daily sunscreen application a non-negotiable step in your skincare routine. Opt for broad-spectrum sunscreens with physical blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as these are less likely to cause irritation than chemical alternatives. Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your face, neck, and any other areas prone to redness, ensuring comprehensive protection against harmful UV rays.

We Love: Tropics SPF50 Sun Stick, packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as marshmallow root extract and tamanu oil. 

Gentle Exfoliation:

While exfoliation can be beneficial for promoting cell turnover and maintaining healthy skin, it's essential to approach it with caution when dealing with rosacea. Harsh exfoliants like scrubs and chemical peels can exacerbate inflammation and increase sensitivity, leading to unwanted flare-ups. Instead, opt for gentle exfoliation methods, such as enzyme-based masks or soft microfiber cloths, and limit exfoliation to once or twice a week to avoid overstimulating the skin.

We love: Tropic's Face Smooth Brightening Polish which uses gentle bamboo silica spheres to buff, as well as fatty acid-filled macadamia oil and vitamin E to replenish any moisture loss

Makeup Matters:

Selecting makeup products tailored to sensitive or rosacea-prone skin can make a world of difference in managing your condition. Look for non-comedogenic, fragrance-free formulas that won't clog pores or trigger irritation, and consider opting for mineral makeup, which tends to be gentler on sensitive skin. Be sure to remove makeup gently each evening to prevent further irritation and allow your skin to breathe freely.

We love: Skin-soothing essentials from et al., available to buy from our Worcester clinic.

Temperature Control: Hot water and extreme temperatures can exacerbate rosacea symptoms, leading to flushing and increased redness. To keep your complexion calm and comfortable, opt for lukewarm water when cleansing your face or showering, and steer clear of steam rooms and hot baths.

Patch Test Protocol: Before incorporating any new skincare products into your routine, it's essential to conduct a patch test to assess their compatibility with your skin. Apply a small amount of the product to a discreet area, such as the inner forearm, and observe for any signs of irritation or allergic reaction over the next 24 to 48 hours. This precautionary measure can help prevent potential flare-ups and ensure that your skincare products work in harmony with your skin's needs.

Consistency is Key: Stick to your skincare routine diligently, and don't be discouraged if you don't see immediate results. With patience, perseverance and the right combination of products and practices, you can find a routine that works for you. If you're unsure about which products or ingredients are best suited to your skin type, pop in and have a chat with Sara, our skincare expert, for personalised recommendations.


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